Friday, November 26, 2021

Austria Revamp - Graz

A while ago we teased our #BestCommunityEver with a little "Guess Where We Are" blog post. Today, we are glad to reveal that the screenshots featured in the mentioned post were (as many of you noticed) from Austria! Our revamp team is diligently working on updating this magnificent country and today we will show you what changes you can expect in the city of Graz.

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria and therefore to properly recreate this greatness, the city’s area in ETS2 will get slightly larger. While the original layout was reminiscent of reality, in the update we are going to try to get even closer to it. This will be achieved by changing the two western crossroads, adding a tunnel, and overall reshaping the city’s economy, which will see the garage location being moved with an addition of a new economy prefab in the outskirts industrial zone.

Apart from changing the overall layout, there will also be an addition of numerous new landmarks. A stadium, a historical administrative building, a castle on the hill, and much more! Are you looking forward to visiting the city in a fresh coat of paint?

However, while we have stated there will be more information coming out over time in regards to the 1.43 update, this is unfortunately not part of it. Austria revamp is a large and a bit more long-term project that is being handled by a small team of experienced map designers and it still needs some time to be finished. But after we saw so many of you really excited with our previous blog post mentioned above, we don't want to keep you hungry for more news related to this project for way too long.

We hope you have enjoyed the look at the improved city of Graz. Since there is much more coming to Austria revamp, keep an eye on our social media and our blog to never miss out on any news regarding this upcoming new update. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Steam Awards 2021 Nominations

The nominations for the annual Steam Awards are opening, along with the start of the Steam Autumn Sale. Our games are once again featured in these special events. You may remember (we definitely do, thank you!) that our Euro Truck Simulator 2 managed to win in two categories during the first year of Steam Awards in 2016.

Since then, we have continuously supported our games with multiple updates that brought tons of new content and our developers are always passionately doing their best to bring our #BestCommunityEver all that it likes to see. Apart from having multiple big and smaller features in development, we are working on multiple map DLCs and several vehicles, and we are curious to see how happy the community will be once all of these features are released for ETS2 or ATS. 

Like years previous, you will be able to nominate us for the Labor of Love category, which is dedicated to games that constantly receive updates and new content even years after their initial launch. This category will be crowded and there will be some tough competition, but if you feel like either Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator deserves this award, you can cast your vote over on the Steam Awards Nominations Page.

No matter the result, we want to once again let you know that we appreciate your support, and your happiness will always be our measuring scale when developing new updates. Until we have some more news to share about that, we’ll see you on the road!

Monday, November 22, 2021

Heart of Russia - Monuments

The history of Russia is incredibly rich. The largest country in the world used to be a land of tsars and colorful family sagas. And since the state stretches over an enormous landscape, the land is logically filled with numerous monuments referencing the rich past. Let’s take look at some of these historically important creations that you will be able to see in the upcoming Heart of Russia DLC for ETS2!

There are many monuments you will be able to see on your journey through this map expansion. Ranging from statues to unusual structures and locations, no shortage of history and art is guaranteed. After all, it’s difficult not to be in awe when seeing the Rzhev memorial statue.

The heritage of the past is also visible on a great amount of large memorial stones, which will be quite a common occurrence in the country.  However, the word "monument" reaches further, and the great art of the Veliky Novgorod airplane falls into this category as well. 

In addition to all that was mentioned, Russia is also very proud of its military history and it is no surprise that there will be numerous opportunities to notice some army vehicle monuments along the roads. 

Despite where your trucking story takes you, will you pay any of these a visit?

Whether your job will take you through city roads or country ones, you will most certainly be able to witness at least some of the unique Russian monuments. And if this blog has taught us anything, it is important to remember our past, therefore make sure to add the upcoming Heart of Russia DLC to your Steam Wishlist so you will always have it in mind until it will be available.

Friday, November 19, 2021

ATS & ETS2 1.43: Ownable Dumpers

We are working hard on the 1.43 update for Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, as it is shaping up to be a fairly big update. There are many additions that require further information and while we have already announced it in our previously released ETS2 and ATS Open Beta blog posts, today we’ll take a more detailed look at one of the new features arriving with this update - purchasable dumper trailers!

This type of trailer in ETS2 will be used for materials such as barley, coal, excavated soil, granite cubes, gravel, ore, rye, sand, metal scrap, stone dust, wheat, wood bark, and wood shavings. In addition to having 2 different customizable body types (aluminum and steel) and 2 different lengths (9m and 10m), here is a detailed list of everything you will be able to customize:

  • Chassis type
  • Paint jobs
  • Front ladder 
  • Markers
  • Side protection plates/boxes
  • Rear fender
  • Rear bumper
  • Rear mudflaps
  • Rear banners

In American Truck Simulator, these trailers will be used for soil, gravel, limestone, sand, metal scrap, stones, and wood shavings. You will be able to choose from 3 customizable body types - end dumpers, side dumpers, and bottom dumpers. 

Each of them is available in different lengths, and in two or three-axle configurations. Side dumpers are available as b-double, turnpike, or single trailers; bottom dumpers can be used in double, rocky mountain double, turnpike double, and single configurations, and all other body types come with just a single trailer configuration.  

Apart from the mentioned above, here comes an exact list of the customizable parts:

  • Body type
  • Chassis type
  • Front fenders
  • Front mudflaps
  • Markers
  • Trailer rear types
  • Rear bumpers
  • Rear mudflaps

We are extremely eager to see you hauling these new dumper trailers in your company and how you will customize them! Be sure to share with us your photos of your newly owned trailers on our Social Media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) once you will get your hands on them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Introducing Montana

After uploading a cryptic video trailer in which our 2D artist Annie painted a beautiful scene featuring mountains and flora, today we are excited to announce to you exactly what state this artwork was based on...

 Introducing Montana for American Truck Simulator

Montana is untamed, wild, and natural. No matter where you look, you’ll find unspoiled nature, charming small towns, and spectacular views. Explore National Parks, then hit the road to discover more natural wonders. You can drive through rugged mountain roads, pass by crystal clear lakes, or spend your day exploring the historic town and cities.

We are happy to share with you these very early work in progress screenshots from Montana! However, please keep in mind that everything shown is still being worked on and may not represent the final product.

We look forward to sharing more development news about upcoming state in the future; and the beautiful landscapes and new road networks that will arrive with it. If you are looking for more Montana content, then head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page where you'll find a short video teaser from this upcoming DLC! 

Be sure to check out the official Steam store page and if you wish to support us, be sure to add Montana to your Steam Wishlist.